The state's two teacher unions - the West Virginia Education Association and the West Virginia Federation of Teachers - strongly disagree. They believe allowing boards to make more subjective hiring decisions will lead to nepotism.
WV-AFT President Judy Hale calls it the "friends and family" hiring plan.
Hale is an education veteran who has seen her share of hiring abuses over the years. The bad old days of school board nepotism are why Hale and others fought hard to put specific hiring practices in state code.
Her concerns are understandable.
But let's give principals and school boards some credit. They, too, want what's best for the children, and have been hamstrung for years in their attempts to fill positions with the most qualified individuals.
Additionally, in today's litigious climate, it's hard to imagine school systems getting away with hiring family and friends.
No doubt a few will slip through, but there is a significant upside to empowering local boards to act in the best interest of students rather than continuing to cede control to a numbers formula.
The ultimate goal, after all, is to get the best teacher in the classroom.
Kercheval is host of TalkLine, broadcast by the MetroNews Statewide Radio Network from 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. The show can be heard locally on WCHS 580 AM.